The word 'compatible' comes from the Latin word 'compati' which means: 'to suffer with'.
In marriage we are called to sacrifice our entire being as well as our own desires for the good of our spouse.
We are also called to walk the path of suffering with them whenever necessary; to be a constant, loyal and faithful friend and companion through the trials and challenges of life.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone loves me, he will
keep my word.’
This very short excerpt from Sunday’s Gospel is so simple, yet
it is jam packed with significance.
Read over Jesus’ quote ten times.
Do you love Jesus?
Pope Francis heard Confessions in the days leading up to the Mass
Pope Francis has given a lesson in love and freedom during
his homily at the Jubilee Mass for Young People in Rome.
The Pope, speaking to thousands of youth in St Peter’s
Square, said that Jesus himself declared that Christians would be known “by the
way they love one another.” The Pope
continued saying, “love, in other words, is the Christian’s identity card.”
The Pope then tackled the meaning of love, stating that love
is something you give.
I am astonishedand no less disappointed to see that few of
the major UK news outlets have covered yesterday’s House of Commons vote, when
MPs voted 278 – 0 in favour of declaring ISIS/Daesh atrocities against
Christians and Yazidis as genocide.
If the Holocaust were to occur today, would the media recognise
the atrocity and label it as genocide?
If the massacre of Srebrenica were to occur today, would the media
recognise the suffering people of the city and label it as genocide? And what about Rwanda in 1994?
A call to Catholic men to right the wrongs of a
Here’s a question for Catholic men: did you know
that you have the power to mend our broken society? All
the sadness and despair, the lies and deceit, the selfishness and
infidelity; you have the answer to all of these problems. The future of our world; a future of beauty, goodness and truth is in your hands!
Confused? Don't be. Consider for
a moment when the perfect world God created changed.
In this time of persistent and often radical sexual
revolution it is hard to know where to look for some semblance of normality and
a more authentic love. In her latest
Catholic Answers article, Jennifer Roback Morse encourages all people to look
to the Catholic Church in these difficult times, even those who don’t identify
As Jennifer says: “What the Catholic Church does is important to
everyone, no matter their faith. The Catholic Church is the largest institution
still standing against the ideological fraud known as the sexual revolution.
Pope Francis welcomes some of the migrants to Rome
Pope Francis has once again thrust the Catholic Church into
the spotlight; this time by bringing a group of twelve Syrian migrants from the
island of Lesbos to live in Rome. The
families travelled with the pope back to Italy after he made a visit to the
small Greek island last weekend. It is
understood the three families, all Muslim, were fully prepped for the move
ahead of the pope’s visit.
The finer details of how all of this will pan out remain to
be seen, but the gesture itself is one of great love and generosity on the part
Tim Stanley, in his latest blog post, gets to the heart of post-Synod exhortation Amoris Laetitia, bypassing
all the drama and criticism, and appreciating the document for what it truly
is: ‘a wise lecture on the meaning of love that is built entirely on Catholic
He sums it up saying: ‘there’s an ideal family, there’s a
broken reality and the bridge between the two must be the Catholic Church’.
When will the West listen?
A motion is to be put before the UK Parliament next week calling on the House to recognise that Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East are facing genocide.
The terror being wrought by ISIS is well known to all, though the fact that it is mainly targeted towards Christians is not so well documented in the West.
This is an opportunity for the UK government to take a stand against ISIS by declaring their actions to be a genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities.
The Church will implement all recommendations
from the McLellan Report
Peter Kearney, Director of the Scottish Catholic Media
Office, has called for fairness by the media in reporting the issue of child
abuse in the Catholic Church.
Mr Kearney suggests that official figures show that the
problem in the Church is tiny compared to the problem as a whole across
Scotland. Indeed, it is believed that
only 0.3% of abuse complaints over the past ten years were against Catholic
clergy and volunteers.